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hayley.gola    ORIGINAL GONGSTER

What Could Have Been: Aaron Hernandez

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In honor of Throwback Thursday, we've dug up a relic that many may have forgotten about: The Top 100 Players of 2013

Specifically, #77: Aaron Hernandez

Back in April of 2013 (Before he was indicted for murder), Hernandez was featured at #77 in the list of top 100 players of 2013. 

Hernandez was a powerhouse on the field, easily being a dominant force against any team's defensive line. He was easily able to switch between roles to take down anyone, and I mean anyone.

"Hernandez can beat your defense at tight end, wide receiver, and even running back."

Hernandez was just one fraction of the arsenal of weapons the Patriots had at their disposal. Former Tennessee Titans Safety Jordan Babineaux said it best, 

"For the Patriots, they have more weapons than some defenses can defend."

Of course, no one can forget the dynamic duo that was Hernandez and TE Rob Gronkowski. 

Even when Gronkowski was out with a broken arm in 2012, Hernandez took that time to only increase his skills.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman perfectly explained the hybrid of tight end and wide receiver that Hernandez perfected each time he took the field,

"The way tight ends are evolving into like, receiver hybrids, and creating mis-matches, he's versatile."

It's almost a little tough to watch now, considering all that has happened since this aired. You almost start to wonder: What could have been?

Babineaux said it best at the end of the video,

"It's gonna be something to see how well he piggy-backs his success so far. I certainly think this guy has a great career ahead of him."

What do you think might have happened if Hernandez had stayed on this track (and also didn't murder someone)? Let me know in the comments.

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Hayley lives a life full of GIFS, dad jokes, and acid reflux, which further proves her theory that she is a grandpa living in the body of a 22 year old. When she's not drinking at the tapas bar down the street, she's usually on the couch watching the only season of Partners that was ever created. Follow her on Twitter and Insta for tweets about her Tinder horror stories and photos of her dog.
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